After the Senate’s latest effort to repeal Obamacare failed early Friday morning, President Donald Trump proposed simply letting the Affordable Care Act “implode” before working up replacement legislation.
3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
The Senate GOP’s effort to pass a “skinny repeal” bill came to a halt Friday morning when Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) joined Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in opposing a vote on the legislation. Republican leaders pitched the “skinny repeal” bill as a vehicle to creating a conference committee with the House to hammer out a comprehensive deal, but that strategy hit a last-minute snag Friday when McCain and a few other senators questioned whether the House would go to conference or just rush to pass the bare-bones bill.
Trump’s proposal to let Obamacare “implode” is not a new one. He has offered several different strategies for replacing the health care law as Congress has struggled to come up with a bill that enough lawmakers can agree on. He’s now circled back to letting Obamacare fail.